Comédie de Caen / MAC Créteil. ©Tristan Jeanne-Valès

September 21, 2018 at 7 PM
September 23, 2018 at 8 PM

Duration: 90 minutes
Performed in French with English subtitles
Tickets are free but must be reserved at
NOTE: A standby line will form starting 1 hour prior to curtain for each sold out show

Hall Montana remembers, recounts and retraces the life of his family and friends, who are part of Harlem’s African-American community in the 1950s and 1960s. Baldwin’s sensual writing style is punctuated by poignant gospel lyrics that take audiences to the heart of Harlem, a world of love, religious fervor and suffering.

Harlem Quartet is a story on human destiny based on the novel Just Above My Head by James Baldwin. Adapted and directed by Élise Vigier in collaboration with Kevin Keiss, with original music by Saul Williams. This critically acclaimed show from the 2017-18 French theatrical season stands out with a rare all-black cast, unusual for a production in France. 





Adapted from the novel Just Above my Head by James Baldwin

Directed by Elise Vigier

Artistic Collaboration: Nanténé Traoré

Translation: Kevin Keiss

Adaptation: Elise Vigier & Kevin Keiss

Music by Manusound,  Marc Sens & Saul Williams

Videos by Nicolas Mesdom

Performed by Ludmilla Dabo, Jean-Christophe Folly, Makita Samba, Nicolas Giret-Famin, William Edimo & Nanténé Traoré.

Production: Théâtre des Lucioles – Rennes

Coproduction: La Comédie de Caen – CDN de Normandie, la Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil, le Théâtre National de Bretagne-Rennes

With the support of Institut français, FACE Contemporary Theater & L’Avant-Scène.

Special thanks to Jeune Théâtre National-Paris, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, & 104-Paris.

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Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Council of the Humanities
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Institut Français
  • Department of French and Italian
  • L’Avant-Scène